Historically Speaking

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Rings A Bell

Posted by Elyse Bruce on February 8, 2010

Before electric sirens and amplification systems, bells were a valuable means of signaling people and alerting of important events.

Accurate timepieces were not always as available as they are today and so bells were used to signal people of the start of events such as a church session, the start of school, or work, or a celebration.

The bells acted as a reminder of the start of the event for people who had an out of synch timepiece or no timepiece. Someone would literally ring a bell as a reminder.

Today, when someone says something vaguely familiar, others may comment that it “rings a bell” for them as well.

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